Alibi V.15 No.38 • Sept 21-27, 2006 

Punch Line

Wanted: A World-class Workforce

Thomas Friedman’s now famous book The World is Flat laid out a gloomy future for American workers. According to Friedman, technology has leveled the playing field at both ends of the labor market. For high-tech, high-skill American workers, outsourcing to India will change their ideas of job security as engineering, computer programming and the like are moved to cheaper, equally skilled Indian workers. At the other end of the labor market, relatively low-skilled American manufacturing workers are being undercut by cheap Chinese workers.

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Thin Line

The Bush Translator--President George Bush interrupted prime time last Monday. He had on his red “don’t f*#@ with me” tie and looked very dapper.

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Wes Naman

Talking Points

Saving for a Rainy Day

An interview with Terry McMains, rainwater harvester

While Albuquerque frets about its dwindling aquifer, Terry McMains is trying to get the world, or at least the state, to listen to his solution: rainwater harvesting. McMains is not a rain farmer—he doesn’t plow through puddles, nor does he collect water in buckets. Instead, he installs high-tech rainwater harvesting systems with the company he founded, Aqua Harvest, Inc. The idea for the company was birthed when Rancho Viejo, Santa Fe’s first master-planned community with a rainwater harvesting system, was built in the late ’90s. McMains was a contractor for the project and thought he could create a company that could help alter the course of New Mexico’s water plight. Last week, he found some time to sit down with the Alibi for a chat.

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News Feature

After the Flood

As the City Council scurries to enact new flood resolutions, our antique drainage system continues to rust

In 1956, Albuquerque was outfitted with a new drainage system—one that has remained largely unchanged ever since.

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News Bite

Ceasefire

Embattled Del Rey Mobile Home Park residents remain in their homes ... for now

Local mobile home park residents are, or at least should be, keeping an eye on developments at the Del Rey Mobile Home Park. Their future may depend on it.

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The Real Side

The Belly of the Beast

Live, from the Robert Vigil corruption trial

I’m sitting in on the Robert Vigil trial. In a room full of blue suits and starched collars, the image that comes to mind is the glow of a colonoscopy monitor. Watching the tracks of dirty money in the guts of a corrupt state government isn’t much different from watching a barium enema work its way through the tail end of the human digestive system.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: England--A homeowner in the southwestern town of Treovis has been cited by local police for “placing a garden gnome with intent to cause harassment.” BBC News reports that Gordon MacKillop was woken just before midnight by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbors. Apparently, MacKillop’s neighbor, former policeman John McLean, had complained that the statue is placed in an “annoying position” and is upsetting to potential buyers viewing his home. The statue in question is just under two feet tall and features a gnome dressed as a police officer, standing between a German shepherd and a flashlight-sized nightlight. Mr. MacKillop told the BBC he bought the lighted gnome to deter criminals after his motorcycle was stolen from his driveway. “I’m not having the police tell me what type of garden gnome I can have in my garden,” said MacKillop. “This is a standard gnome I bought from a retail store. If they are considered to be harassing, they should be withdrawn from sale.”

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Letters

[RE: News Feature, “Quiet the Trains,” Sept. 14-20] Transportation, industry and commerce—not to mention romance. What is there that doesn't love a train? Only that which doesn't have a soul. Ahem.

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What Have They Done to the Earth?

10th Annual Sustainability Expo

A vibrant array of growers' market, food trucks, educational events and live entertainment including demonstrations, music, bicycle auction and clothing swap.
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Earth Day Celebration

Discover different ocean habitats and how to protect them. Learn about why it is important to buy sustainable seafood. Also make a recycled craft to take home.
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Man's Best Friend

Mini-Maker Faire

Maker Faires showcase lots of cool folks and their projects as they discuss their processes and teaching skills with the public.
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The Slap and Tickle

Spring Type-Out

Experience an outdoor public typewriter gathering using a wide variety of typewriters. Write poetry, start that novel and discover digital detox.
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My Little Donkey, My Little Mule

Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association All Breed Classic

Support or compete in a great variety of equestrian classes for prizes.  Enjoy donkey races during lunch break. Registration required.
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Co-op-erate as a Community

EarthFest 2018

Tons of local vendors, social and economic justice organizations, artists, environmental advocacy groups, performers and, of course, La Montañita’s delicious deli foods.
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Sexual Healing

Sex and Self-Love for Survivors

Trauma survivors learn to take control of sexuality and reclaim the sense of self through gentle, nurturing techniques. Donations are welcome.
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